Fox News contributor Juan Williams debated with radio talk show host Laura Ingraham on the Fox News Sunday panel after show when he suggested that family members of gun owners should be ‘checked’ for mental heath issues in order for a gun to be purchased “Lets check on people around you”
Among the stupid ideas floating around this has got to be one of the stupidest. It’s a complete non-starter.
So Joe Goodguy decides he needs a handgun for self defense. Joe is a good guy who never loses his temper, drinks nor uses drugs. He is a model of good mental health and has never gotten a traffic ticket let alone get arrested. Joe picks out a suitable low-caliber revolver and expresses his desire to make a purchase to the gun store clerk.
“Great choice!” says the clerk. “Just fill out these forms listing all your personal information and the names of all your friends, relatives and roommates. Then you can get started on this Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. When you get finished we’ll set up your psych interview appointment. You can pick your gun up in 3-4 months when the police complete their background investigation.”
So how are the cops gonna verify the sanity of would-be gun purchasers’ family and friends? Are they gonna conduct psychological exams on all of them? Will mental patients’ records start including the names of their family members? I’m sure the American Psychological Association will be thrilled with that new bureaucratic paperwork.
And what about people who already own guns? Are we gonna check up on them? Are these checks gonna be a one time thing or an annual event?
What about someone who wants a gun to protect themselves from a crazy family member?